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Buxton, Nigel Edward (1924–2015), travel writer and broadcaster, was born on 29 May 1924 at Laureldene, Cowfold, Sussex, one of seven children—six boys and a girl—of Gordon Offord Buxton (1884–1951), chauffeur and factotum, and his wife, Mary Janetta, née Griffiths (...

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Cooper, Thomas Thornville (1839–1878), traveller and promoter of trade, the eighth son of John Ibbetson Cooper, coal fitter and shipowner, and his wife, Elizabeth, née Douglas, was born on 13 September 1839, at Bishopwearmouth, co. Durham. He was educated at the Grange School, Bishopwearmouth...

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Malins, Geoffrey Herbert (1886–1940), filmmaker and adventurer, was born Arthur Herbert Malins at 27 Russell Street, Hastings, Sussex, on 18 November 1886, one of six surviving sons of Frederick William Malins (1856–1921), a hairdresser, and his wife, Annie Maria, née Jackson (1855–1929). He was reticent about his origins, probably reflecting a determination to make his own mark on the world, and not be tied down by others' preconceptions. He omitted details of his early life from both his published memoirs, gave his age on the record in various contexts implying dates of birth from 1884 to 1889, and allowed stories to circulate of his birth in ...

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(Donald) Alan Whicker (1921–2013) by Terry O'Neill, c.1985 © Getty Images

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Whicker, (Donald) Alan (1921–2013), journalist and broadcaster, was born on 2 August 1921 in Cairo, the only son of Henry Charles Whicker (1880–1923), an officer in the Denbighshire hussars during the First World War, and his wife, Annie Jane (Nancie), née Cross (1883–1948)...